Last week I unexpectedly found myself in Monroe, Michigan, joining my family for the burial one of my cousins. Donna was only 48, and it was a strong call for family bonding. Of course it was sad that our reunion was for a funeral, but we are family and being together helped ease the grief a little.
My oldest brother, Jay, came into the house, showed me a bag full of buckeyes, and asked me if I'd collected any. The fact was, I'd forgotten all about buckeyes. We weren't in Ohio, the Buckeye State, we were in Michigan! What would make me seek out buckeyes? The funny thing was, as soon as I saw Jay's buckeyes I walked straight down to the river bank looking for the tree. I have carried a buckeye in my purse 'for luck' since the last time we had a family reunion, in 2004, for my nephew's wedding in Chicago. (My brother doesn't miss a buckeye tree!) As kids in Ohio, we collected buckeyes like dutiful little squirrels every autumn. I remember making leis out of them, but mostly I remember how much fun we had collecting them.
After I collected a new batch of buckeyes, for what purpose I had no idea, I started looking at the buckeye with renewed interest. So what CAN you do with a bag of buckeyes? And why do we feel compelled to collect them? All I know is Jay hand carried his bag to Houston, promptly filled a vase with the worthless seeds and proudly put them on display. Now that I'm home in Mérida, my new collection is in a glass bowl in my 'china cabinet'. I'm thinking if I meet someone down on their luck, I can help them out with a LUCKY BUCKEYE!
For those of you who are not familiar with the buckeye and wonder why we Ohioans are so quick to relate to each other simply because we're Buckeyes, collect and display the worthless seeds, support sports teams JUST because they're called Buckeyes, among other slightly odd behaviors.....here is some information for you. It just goes to show, you can learn something new every day. Maybe not something earthshattering or life changing, but it's something. Buckeyes are symbols of SURVIVAL. Being a survivor, I like having buckeyes around. Below are a couple photos I took of my new bucks, and a bit of history I found online about them.
Buckeye may refer to:
Several tree species of the genus Aesculus
- A person from the "buckeye state" (Ohio).
- Ohio State Buckeyes, the intercollegiate athletic teams of The Ohio State University
- Buckeye (chicken), a breed of chicken originating in Ohio
- Butterflies in the genus Junonia
- T-2 Buckeye, an aircraft
- Buckeyes, the athletic teams of Nelsonville-York High School
- Buckeye, a named passenger train operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad between Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Buckeye (butterfly), a butterfly found in the United States and Canada
- Buckeye candy (a.k.a. Buckeyes), a peanut butter and chocolate candy made to resemble the nut of a buckeye tree
- Buckeye band (a.k.a. BUCKEYE), a pop/rock recording band with Polydor Records founded in Ohio during the 1970's
- Buckeye, Arizona
- Buckeye, Colorado
- Buckeye, Indiana
- Buckeye, Iowa
- Buckeye, Kansas
- Buckeye, Kentucky
- Buckeye Township, Stephenson County, Illinois
- Buckeye Township, Michigan
- Buckeye, New Mexico
Fictional characters: Nathan "Buckeye" Heywood or Citizen Steel, a DC Comics character
Buckeye Trail, a long-distance trail in Ohio
Buckeye Steel Castings, a former steelmaker in Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Division or 37th Infantry Division, a division of the US Army
Buckeye Pipe Line
Buckeye CableSystem cable company
Buckeye coupler, a type of railway coupling used to connect locomotives and rolling-stock
For more than you ever wanted to know about buckeyes, click here.